America’s Foreign Policy Death Spiral

In trying to predict what the New Year holds for us it might be worth remembering the old adage; do what you’ve always done and you’ll get what you’ve always got.  And so, with no sign that the US has the slightest intention of doing other than it has always done, it seems we’re doomed, or, to put it more succinctly, substitute that word for one Bomber frequently uses. 

That’s the drift of an opinion piece by Professor Walter Hixson in the latest collection of articles from Information Clearing House. 

And the dwindling band of apologists for the US can point the finger wherever they like, Russia, China, Iran, Ukraine, Palestine, Hong Kong, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, the Yughurs, climate change, world poverty, human rights, the global refugee crises – not one of those issues would remotely approach the levels of concern they now attract, but for the dead hand of US foreign policy.

As professor Hixson writes;

American foreign policy today is in a reactionary death spiral. Never has a new “national security” policy paradigm been more desperately needed, yet there is not even a glimpse of salvation on the horizon—wherever you look you will find policies that speak to the past and offer little hope for a viable global future.” 

Epitomised by…

“an endless series of forever wars, an utterly inept response to the existential threat of climate change, rampant destruction of animal and plant species, ongoing militarization of the planet amid poverty, epidemic disease, and little prospect of genuine national, much less international, security”,

…the US is not the answer to our problems – it is the problem, alludes Hixson.

Built on a many decades-long programme of national indoctrination, every bit as sinister as that which underpinned Nazi Germany’s belief in its “Aryan destiny” the US, now run by the targets of all that flannel, has become a victim of its own propaganda. 

How else could, supposedly educated adults holding down positions of power and influence in the US political system, unabashedly actually use the phrase “US exceptionalism” in justification of the global hegemony it imposes?

The sheer hubris at the core of American national identity is staggering, a fact perhaps only eclipsed by the staggering number of so-called independent nation states that bow down to it. 

Like passengers packed in a bus driven down a mountain track at breakneck speed, we’ve been conditioned to suppress our natural survival instincts for fear of upsetting the maniac at the wheel. 

Like the Emperor and his new clothes, when will it be time for us to cry out; “The Emperor has no clothes on!”?

“US policy on Russia has been irrational since 1945,” says Hixson

“At that time a truly “realistic” foreign policy would have recognized and settled for trying to ameliorate an inevitable expansion of Soviet influence owing to the sacrifices of the USSR in the war. Well more than 50 Soviets died for every dead American in the conflict as the USSR deserved the lion’s share of the credit—which of course it never received from either Washington or Hollywood—for defeating the Nazis.”

“Instead of addressing Soviet power realistically the United States declared and waged an ideological holy war, which produced militarized nightmares all over the world and notably in Indochina. After childishly trumpeting “victory” in the Cold War in 1991, the United States did the one thing that Russian experts, notably George F. Kennan, warned would ensure that the Cold War continued—it expanded NATO, a hostile anti-Russian military alliance, into Eastern Europe and then into the former Soviet republics.”

“Today, Vladimir Putin has drawn the line in eastern Ukraine, a place in which millions of Russians live (they comprise nearly a two-thirds majority in the Crimea, which Putin has already secured) and where the Russian language is widely spoken. Rather than having the realism to recognize Russian national interests along its western border–and pursue common ground on climate change and perhaps non-intervention in each other’s domestic politics–the United States is choosing confrontation at the risk of an escalating military conflict.”


“Israel, now widely and accurately recognized as an apartheid state, has, with the assistance of the AIPAC-led lobby—which controls the US Congress as fully as Putin controls the Russian duma—every intention of provoking a war with Iran.”

“The aforementioned George Kennan once compared US foreign policy to a brontosaurus, a large prehistoric beast that wreaked havoc with its powerful tail, which went unrestrained by its very small brain. The image has never been more appropriate than today.”

“A new foreign policy paradigm is desperately needed but, as with World War II, it will probably require a cataclysm to inspire the required tectonic shift tectonic. In the meantime, there will be a premium on survival.”

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